BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) – The foreign jihadist group, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), released a video on May 14th that chronicled the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989) and the losses suffered by the Soviet Union at that time.
In the video that was released via their official Telegram Sawt Al-Islam (Voice of Islam), the Turkestan Islamic Party narrated a 20-minute-long video that not only chronicled the Soviet-Afghan War but also showcased the jihadist group’s strength and their plans.
The Turkestan Islamic Party threatened Russia with a Soviet-Afghan-like war scenario in which they would suffer heavy casualties at the hands of the mujaheddine.
Towards the latter part of the video, the jihadist group showed footage of their fighters near the front-lines in the Jabal Al-Akrad(Kurdish Mountains) and Jabal Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains) region of northern Latakia.
The Turkestan Islamic Party is considered one of the most powerful jihadist groups currently operating inside of Syra.
Alongside their allies from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the Turkestan Islamic Party has managed to maintain control of several areas inside both the Latakia and Idlib governorates.
As of now, the Turkestan Islamic Party is heavily concentrated along the Idlib-Latakia axis; they are also leading the defense around the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour near the Turkish border.